Monday, October 18

Turkish Prime Minister: State of emergency will not be extended unless there will be a need to do so


 

 

A few hours after the Turkish President ordered that more than a thousand private schools in the country be shut down, the Turkish Prime Minister announced that the government is not planning to extend the state of emergency beyond the three months period that has been decided upon.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said last night (Saturday) that the government is not planning to extend the state of emergency beyond the three months period that has been decided upon, unless it is forced to do so.

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared a state of emergency, which allows him to enact laws without the support of the parliament and deny rights and freedoms if necessary.

“Our goal is not to extend the state of emergency but if there will be a need to do so, it can obviously be extended,” explained Yıldırım during a televised interview. Earlier yesterday, Erdoğan ordered that more than a thousand of private schools be shut down in Turkey.

This was part of Erdogan’s first decree since initiating a state of emergency after the failed coup attempt. Erdoğan also extended the period that the authorities are allowed to detain a suspect without a trial.

On Thursday, Erdoğan stated that during the recent coup attempt, there were significant intelligence deficiencies. In an interview from his Ankara palace, Erdoğan said another coup attempt is possible but that his country’s security forces are now better prepared. “We are much more alert now,” he said. “It wouldn’t be easy.

We clearly had serious intelligence problems. There’s no use trying to hide it or deny it.”